E-Safety

At St Francis Catholic Primary School we take safeguarding extremely seriously, this includes online safety.  We live in an ever changing technological world where technology and the Internet is used extensively at home and also at school across all areas of the curriculum.  Online safeguarding, known as e-safety is an area that is constantly evolving.

e-Safety is embedded into our curriculum; our children are given advice and guidance by all staff.  Similarly all children are made aware how they can report areas of concern whilst at school or outside of school, what to do if they don’t feel comfortable about something they see on line and what to do if they feel bullied on line or see bullying taking place on line.

We recently handed out two e-safety questionnaires, one for the parents, and one for the children, the results of which can be found here and here. They’ve helped us set out our priorities, which are listed below:

For children

  • ensuring children understand how they can keep their identities safe through the use of privacy settings
  • appropriate use of social media
  • pupils talking to parents about how they use mobile devices

For parents

  • filtering and monitoring software
  • how to monitor your children’s activity including use of social media
  • talking to children about online safety

Parents and Carers

Parents play an important role in the development of their children and as such we want to work together to ensure you have the skills and knowledge you need to ensure the safety of children outside the school environment.

We have provided some useful internet (eSafety) information and links below.

Safer Internet Day 2022

Tuesday 8th February 2022, is Safer Internet Day and the theme this year is about how we can all #playourpart to have a safer internet. Here’s some resources for more info:

Minecraft

Minimum Age: None

A computer game that allows the user to ‘mine’ materials and ‘craft’ objects. To access certain online social features for under 13’s parents must provide permission.

Pokemon Go

Minimum Age: 9

A free-to-play, location-based game that combines GPS tracking with ‘augmented reality’ to allow the player to capture fictional animals in real life locations through their device’s screen.

Roblox

Minimum Age: 8

A website that allows the user to create their own games, share them with others and in turn play games that other users have created.

Miniclip

Minimum Age: 13

A website that contains a large number of free to play games and allows users to send messages and comment on other users’ games.

Moviestar Planet

Minimum Age: 8

A website/game that allows you to create a famous movie star character that can interact with other users. You can play games and watch videos.